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Leslie Park Now Features Pickleball Courts

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Archived News Release: May 24, 2018 - ​Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation is proud to announce the debut of six new dedicated pickleball courts that were resurfaced from existing tennis courts at Leslie Park​. The decision was the result of feedback received from the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation PROS Plan survey and community input. Previously, the only pickleball court in the parks system was located at South Maple Park, where the surface is striped for both tennis and pickleball.

The PROS Plan is the city's vision for parks and recreation in Ann Arbor. The plan provides an inventory of existing parks and facilities; describes the relationship between the park and recreation system, surrounding municipalities and recreation providers; identifies park and recreation needs and deficiencies; and proposes major capital improvements for existing and new parks.

Based on the popularity of this sport, staff converted two of three tennis courts into the pickleball courts with one court remaining for tennis enthusiasts. Funds for this project came from the City of Ann Arbor Park Maintenance and Capital Improvements Millage according to project lead and Landscape Architect Hillary Hanzel. “The city is happy to be able to expand the offerings of the Ann Arbor parks system to include this fast-growing sport," said Hanzel.

Leslie Park is a 38-acre park located off Dhu Varren Road in Ann Arbor.

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Media Contact Information

Hillary Hanzel
City of Ann Arbor Landscape Architect
734.794.6230 ext. 42548
[email protected]


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